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Samuel Dakin

Samuel Dakin resided in Derby in the 1840s and was chosen to play for Nottinghamshire v Kent at Canterbury in 1845 – the reporter noted that ‘for some reason Kent did not object to Dakin’s inclusion in the Notts side.’

Dakin had played in one or two County v Town games at Trent Bridge, but had no birth (born Siley, Leics) or residential qualification for Notts.

He was later picked for the Notts side in the same season when Kent came to Trent Bridge, but then did not appear in the final eleven.

Dakin had played in the last recorded game of the old Leicester Club, playing against Nottingham in 1829. He was engaged as a pro by South Derbyshire C.C. from 1838 to 1841, then by Kingscote, Glos 1842 to 1845 and from 1847 to 1855 by M.C.C. at Lord’s.

He moved to Cambridge about 1850 and died there in 1876. He was on the Umpires’ List from 1865 to his death. He was a fast scoring batsman and useful bowler.

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